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India tops in oral cancer, NAGALAND OVERALL 48%; MEN:68% & WOMEN: 28%
Staff reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Jan. 2011 12:13 AM IST
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India has the highest rate of oral cancer in the world which is mostly tobacco-related with 50% reported among males and 25% among females.
This was revealed at the seminar conducted by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) University, on ‘Effects of tobacco and alcohol’ on Saturday.
In his address, Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, district hospital Dimapur Dr. Alex Kithan who was the resource person said the seminar was held as part of national anti-tobacco programme.
His presentation with pictographic demonstration on ‘deadly tobacco and early detection and prevention of tobacco related diseases’ held the delegates spellbound.
In Nagaland the overall percentage of tobacco consumption is 48%, male tobacco user topping the list with 68% and female with 28%, Dr. Kithan added.
He further enlightened the students on tobacco related health problems, tobacco contents, health problems in second hand (passive) smokers, detection of oral cancer, signs and symptoms of oral cancer, and the instruments required for oral examination.
While demonstrating prevention and early detection on oral cancer, Dr. Kithan stressed that oral cancer should be included in national oral health survey to determine the exact incidence and epidemiological aspects of oral cancer.
He asserted that mass educational programme on strict implementation of “No tobacco use” in public places, ban on sale of tobacco products in 100 meters of schools and hospitals and to children below 18 yrs of age, and other tobacco related hazards should be held.
On being asked by students if the ill effects of tobacco usage were more in women or men, Dr. Kithan commented that the tolerance level of being effected by the use of tobacco depended from person to person and frequency of usage.
He however added that females develop oral infection more rapidly than male because of their physiological differences.
Earlier during the seminar, Dean ICFAI Dr. C.P Alexander delivered the welcome address.
Expressing his gratification to invitees and students for attending the seminar from different institutes, he commented, “ICFAI University was like the great wall of China wherein other people don’t know what is happening inside”.
The dean highlighted on the programs offered by the university and accomplishment of the university in producing 100% placement for 1st batch (2010) of MBA students.
Reasoning the establishment of the university in Nagaland, the dean asserted that the trend of education and job market has changed and elucidated the university was set up to serve as an eye opener for the Nagas.
He further disclosed the university was in the process of constructing a campus at Sovima village, 6th mile Dimapur by early 2012.
Other highlights of the programme were introduction by counselor ICFAI Zuchano Jami and development officer ICFAI Benri Jami.
Short speech was presented by deputy manager (marketing) Guwahati Debashish Bhattacharjee, and vote of thanks by faculty member Azono Khatso.
It may be mentioned that ICFAI University Nagaland, empowered by UGC to award degrees provides new career-oriented educational programs at bachelor (BBA, BCA) and the master’s degree (MBA) levels.
The university had been set up in the 2007 at Dimapur and offers full-time campus programs in management and information technology educating about 100 students by around 20 qualified, experienced, and committed faculty members.

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